January 19, 2017
Kissimmee, FL – Emergency physicians in training from the University of Central Florida's College of Medicine will use their skills on a national stage this week as they staff the presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. The doctors are completing their residencies in Emergency Medicine at Osceola Regional Medical Center.
During the inauguration, three ER residents and two attending physicians from Osceola Regional will run a treatment and triage area adjacent to the viewing area on the National Mall, in partnership with other first responders. The doctors - Adam Benzing, Amninder Singh and Amanda Webb - are among a handful of physicians nationwide to be chosen to staff this event.
"Providing medical services at the presidential inauguration is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," said Benzing, a first-year resident whose previous employment with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Washington, D.C., connected the residents to this opportunity. "Getting to experience this as a medical resident is an honor, and it speaks volumes about the expertise and dedication of our program and faculty."
"We're proud to represent the University of Central Florida at this historic event," said Dr. Bethany Ballinger, the Director of UCF and Osceola Regional's Emergency Medicine Residency Program. "Osceola Regional Medical Center is a Level II Trauma Center, so our residents are well-prepared to serve in emergency situations."
"In Florida and across the nation, HCA is absolutely committed to the development of Graduate Medical Education programs to serve the evolving health care needs of America," said Joel T. Jeffries, M.D., HCA North Florida Division's Vice-President Graduate Medical Education.
The emergency medicine residency is part of the GME consortium between HCA's North Florida division and UCF, which launched in Fall 2015 with the goal of addressing Florida's shortage of physician residencies. Over the next four years, the consortium seeks to enroll more than 600+ residents and fellows, and graduate up to 150 residents per year.